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NACDL is advocating for the expansion of parole opportunities in Indiana.
NACDL President Chris Adams' written statement to the Indiana state Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee regarding proposed changes to the qualifications for parole, as laid out in HB 1202 (2021).
See the various issues on which NACDL has conducted criminal justicce advocacy in Indiana. To see active criminal justice legislation in Indiana that NACDL is tracking, click the button at the bottom of the page.
Information on the policy and history of recording custodial interrogations in Indiana.
Attorney-client communications federal caselaw and state-specific anecdotal data in Indiana
A report by the Sixth Amendment Center, commissioned by NACDL and supported by the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice and Koch Industries. [Released October 2016]
The undersigned organizations write to express opposition to legislation currently under consideration by your committee - SB 36, which would create a publicly available registry for residents with a prior felony conviction. NACDL is a signatory.
NACDL's 2018 Memo to Indiana Public Defense Task Force
Policies and rulings on lengthy imprisonment terms in Indiana.
Public defense issues and developments in Indiana
Restoration of Rights, Pardon, Expungement & Sealing
Letter to the Indiana House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code on SB 36, which would create a registry for people with a prior felony conviction.